Catholic fashion designer Katie Martinez talks about her efforts to help women who are victims of human trafficking.

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Catholic fashion designer Katie Martinez talks about her efforts to help women who are victims of human trafficking.

November 5, 2012

The carpet of the Harbor Room at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa, served as fashion runway for Elegantees, designer Katie Martinez’s clothing line.

Walking to the beat of pop music, women of all shapes and sizes proudly displayed the shirts Martinez sells with 100 per cent of the profits going to help rescue women from sex trafficking in Nepal.

The models in the Elegantees show Sept. 26 smiled as brightly as the colours that they were wearing.

After all, the shirts they sported are more than just shirts: They are hope to women in Nepal.

Martinez has recently partnered with the Nepali Rescue Project to help set up a sewing shop for Elegantees in Kathmandu, Nepal.

For the past 20 years, the Nepali Rescue Project has been rescuing women sold at the borders of Nepal into India, said Martinez.

The Nepali Rescue Project seeks to teach the women a skill, such as sewing, so they can earn a living.